Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, ink & watercolor, 5x7"
Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers
When North Carolina Urban Sketcher correspondent Laura Frankstone was in San Francisco for a long weekend I (Jana) had the great pleasure of joining her for an afternoon of sketching in Golden Gate Park.

Below are our sketches of the Conservatory. I added watercolor to mine (above) in the studio later since it was windy, foggy and cold sitting on the grass and so were ready to go explore the (way too hot) conservatory.

Laura's on left, Jana's on right
Laura's sketch on left, Jana's on right
Photo of the Conservatory with my sketch
My sketch with Conservatory in background
After getting all steamy inside the Conservatory of Flowers' jungle-like atmosphere, and touring the Wicked Plants exhibit, we came back out to sketch people on the lawn.

Girls Picnic  in Golden Gate Park, ink & watercolor, 7x5"
Picnic in the park
We agreed to paint these later too, since time was short and we wanted to keep moving. Below are our two sketches.

Girls in the Park; Laura's above, Jana's below
Laura's on top, Jana's on bottom
Our last stop was the Tea House in the Japanese Tea Garden. The garden is an absolutely beautiful place with incredible plantings, sculptures, buildings, ponds, trees, moon bridges and more. I wanted to live there.

View from Teahouse in Japanese Tea Garden, ink & watercolor, 5x7"
Japanese Tea Garden View
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UC campus - Doe Library, Hearst Mining

I started the sketch of the Doe Library in May of last year, so I just colored it in. The entrance has this wonderful figure above the door, looking like a cross between a Roman warrior and a stylish 1920's-era woman. There is a beautiful, wood-panelled library within the Doe Library which we would love to visit and sketch in, it's just to the right as you enter the front door.

Then we walked up to the Hearst Memorial Mining Building, which is now quite visible since they've removed the obstruction which was directly in front of it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sketching Oscar's Charbroiler, Berkeley

Oscars Burgers at Sunset, Berkeley, ink & watercolor
Oscar's Burgers, Berkeley
Now that it stays light later we can finally go outdoors for our Tuesday night sketching sessions. We met at the corner of Shattuck and Hearst in Berkeley and I sketched Oscars Charbroiler from across the street. They've been grilling burgers, hot dogs (and now vege burgers) over fire on that corner since 1950. It was sunset by the time I painted it, hence the pink sky.
Eating French Fries and Watching NBA Playoffs
Eating Fries and Watching the NBA Playoffs
When we went inside when it got dark, people were watching the NBA playoffs on a big screen TV.

Off The Grid in Berkeley

Weekly gathering of food trucks and many many hungry people.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sketching while waiting

Waiting at Kaiser, Ink & Watercolor, 5.5x7.5"
Waiting at Kaiser, Ink & Watercolor, 5.5x7.5"
Sketching is such a great way to enjoy time spent waiting. In the sketch above I was waiting for someone during her appointment at the medical center.  The lady on the left was dressed completely in Barbie pink from head to toe, including sweatshirt, purse and shoes. Even her cell phone was bright pink.

The little boy above spent his waiting time enthusiastically "reading" a book. He squealed with delight to his mom over each page.  It was so nice to see a child loving a book even if he was too young to actually read the words.
BART Station Street Light, ink & watercolor, 7.5 x5.5"
BART Station Street Light, ink & watercolor, 7.5 x5.5"
Sketched while waiting for friends to arrive at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Middle East Market, Berkeley

Middle East Market Teapot, Berkeley, ink & watercolor 5.5 x 7"
Middle East Market Teapot, Berkeley, ink & watercolor 5.5 x 7"
When I read this interesting story about the owner of the market, "From Ecuador via war-torn Iran to melting pot Berkeley" on Berkeleyside, I thought it would be a good place to sketch. I was right. It is bright and colorful with a large variety of Middle Eastern products and freshly made food. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Benicia Old Town Waterfront: Losers, Finders, Keepers

Benicia Waterfront, Ink and Watercolor, 5x7"
Benicia Waterfront, ink and watercolor,7x5"
I accidentally overslept so when I finally arrived at our Benicia paintout at 11:00 I was an hour late. I didn't see any other artists around. The wind was blowing so hard that I sat in my car to sketch, listening to NPR on the radio. Everything was going great, I was drawing with my favorite Lamy Safari Extra Fine Fountain pen and then painted with my watercolors set up on the passenger seat.
Benicia Waterfront Street Light, ink and watercolor,7x5"
Benicia Waterfront Street Light, ink and watercolor,7x5"
I turned to draw a different view, but when I reached for my pen it was gone. I searched everywhere, inside the car, under the car, nearby on the ground. No pen. I retraced my path when I'd gotten out of the car to look around and take photos. Nothing. I asked people walking by but nobody had seen my pen. I returned to the car and searched every nook and cranny again, twice. [Story continues on]

Kensington Circus Pub

Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington, CA, ink & watercolor, 5x7"
Our group met to sketch and dine at Kensington Circus Pub and after a great sandwich with a Lagunitas IPA I had fun drawing the bar.
Four Friends with Glasses, ink & watercolor, 5x7"
These guys were sitting in a neighboring booth plotting starting their own restaurant.